Astralis reclaim No.1 ranking spot
Astralis returned to the top of the world rankings in the latest weekly update, released Monday.
The Danish side ended Liquid's four-month stay at the summit after impressing upon their return from the player break. They won the StarLadder Major - ending a dry spell that spanned over five months - and made deep runs at ESL One New York and DreamHack Masters Malmö 2019 in their first three tournaments of the season.
After establishing a dominant run with six consecutive Big Event victories, Liquid have hit a rough patch of form of late. Results have dried up for the North American side, who placed 5th-8th at the Major, 3rd-4th in New York and 9th-12th in Malmö - the first time this year that they failed to reach the playoffs of a Big Event.
Liquid's recent results see them take just 69 points in the "form" column in the rankings - the lowest of any team currently in the top 5. Still, they are only trailing Astralis by 75 points and will be looking to take the mantle from the Danes at their next Big Event, BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen, scheduled for November 1-2.
The race for the title of world No.1 is wide open, but it is worth mentioning that Liquid lost a chunk of their points due to ESL One Cologne dropping off the list of tournaments held in the last three months. With the North Americans' victories at BLAST Pro Series Los Angeles and IEM Chicago also about to expire, the gap could become even wider by the time the two teams meet again in the Danish capital.
Before that, the two high-fliers will take part in the first stage of ESL Pro League Season 10. Astralis will face fnatic, North and Aristocracy, while Liquid will go up against Renegades and two as-yet-undetermined opponents